Thursday, December 9, 2010

Spicy Pork Stir Fry - Keep the Fire Department on alert

You’re going to need a couple of glasses of cold water and a big stack of paper napkins to get through this dish, but it is absolutely going to be worth it.  

Our food journey has brought us to China for our featured recipe today. Probably to Hunan Province where the spiciest of Chinese foods are found.  If you are not as crazy about really spicy food as Judy and I are, this recipe can be toned down by substituting Peanut Oil for some, or all, of the Chili Oil and reducing the amount of Red Pepper flakes. I prepared this last night and found it quite exhilarating. 

Our featured recipe for today is;  Spicy Pork Stir Fry

Delicious “Lite” Recipes.  From Our Kitchen to Yours.  Enjoy the adventure.

Spicy Pork Stir Fry with Rice
Spicy Pork Stir Fry


2 tsp Chili Oil, divided

1 pound Lean Pork Tenderloin, cut into thin strips of roughly 2 inches

4 cloves Garlic, fresh, minced

1 Tbsp Ginger Root, fresh, minced (a great time to use your Microplane Grater/Zester. See our ad)

1 tsp Red Pepper flakes, crushed

2 tsp Cornstarch

¼ cup water

1 pound frozen mixed veggies, Asian stir-fry mix

3 Tbsp Soy Sauce, low sodium

1 tsp Rice Vinegar

1 tsp Orange Marmalade


In a large non-stick skillet, or Wok, heat 1 tsp of Oil. Cook Pork until it begins to brown and is just cooked through. About 4 – 5 minutes. Remove to a plate.

Heat remaining 1 tsp of Oil in the same skillet over high heat; add Garlic, Ginger and Pepper flakes.
Cook, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 1 – 2 minutes.

Mix Cornstarch and Water. Add Veggies to the skillet; cook, stirring frequently, until just tender, 4 – 6 minutes,

Stir in Soy Sauce, Vinegar, and Marmalade.

Add Cornstarch and Water mixture and bring to a boil.

Add Pork to Vegetable mixture in skillet, stir to blend for about a minute and Serve immediately.

We served ½ cup of Brown Rice as a side dish. PointsPlus value for the Rice is 2 per 1/2 cup.

Yields 4 Servings. PointsPlus Value per serving, not including Rice, is 6. Level of difficulty is Easy. Prep time is about 20 minutes. Cooking time is about 10 minutes.

Recipes shown may not be exactly the same as those found on any website. Judy and I "tweak" each recipe we feature, to some degree, incorporating our own unique tastes. PointsPlus values, however, are accurate.  

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Photo by Barry Baruh

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